Posted on June 03, 2013

The Peace River Valley in northeastern BC is under serious threat due to the proposed mega-Site C dam.  Promoters of this project neglect to consider the long-term consequences that would result from it. With global warming eradicating traditional food-producing land and with ecosystem fragmentation, particularly in northeastern BC, it is evident that a project of this magnitude must not be allowed to proceed.

Posted on October 16, 2012

by Alice Chambers

Perched on the banks of the Winnipeg River, immediately upstream of Sakgeeng First Nation Reserve in Manitoba, the Pine Falls mill is the oldest pulp mill on the prairies and it shows. The mill opened in 1927 and since that time there have been concerns over resource use, corporate behaviour, regulation and enforcement. This article briefly outlines the resource use and corporate behaviour issues and looks in some detail at the regulatory and enforcement situations.

Posted on October 15, 2012

A Heritage Corridor or a Channel for Exports to Pacific Rim Countries?

by Mary Boardman

The other day a call came in from a friend in Alaska who told us that when she was in Stewart recently, she watched a Korean freighter being loaded with raw logs from BC's northernmost old-growth temperate rain forests and a Japanese freighter being loaded with gold ore likely from the Eskay Creek Mine, which is between the Iskut and Unuk rivers.

Posted on October 15, 2012

Each agreement seems designed to give Alcan whatever it wants, and each agreement is worse than the previous one.

by Denis Wood

The lead item on the CBC National Radio News at 6 a.m. on Aug. 5, 1997 announced the out-of-court settlement of a court case between Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd and the province of British Columbia.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Corporations want to divert Canada's rivers south to irrigate a few years of profits.

by Don Malcolm

By 2025 the earth's population will have increased by an additional two billion people. What we do in the next twenty-five years will determine whether we are moving toward civilization or chaos. The first three decades of the 21st century will bring change difficult to imagine by many from to-day's perspective.

Posted on September 28, 2012

by Jim Cooperman

The arduous campaign to oppose a big-box development on the floodplain near the mouth of the Salmon River, three kilometres west of Salmon Arm, has been successful to date, but the battle is far from over. After a public hearing for rezoning in October that spanned 26 hours over five nights, the city council vote was tied, and thus the rezoning bylaw failed to pass third reading. 

Posted on September 21, 2012

In December 2010, 61 In­digenous Nations in BC came together in a historic alliance to protect the Fraser River water­shed and to declare their oppo­sition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

Signed in Williams Lake in late November, and pub­lished in a full page ad in the Globe and Mail on December 2, the “Save the Fraser Gather­ing of Nations” declaration is based on Indigenous law and authority, and it states: “We will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, or similar Tar Sands projects, to cross our lands, ter­ritories and watersheds, or the ocean migration routes

Posted on September 15, 2012

In the far northwest corner of British Columbia, the Taku River watershed, lying to the south of the town of Atlin and east of the Alaska Panhandle from Skagway all the way south to Juneau Alaska, could offer our last best chance to preserve a virtually intact watershed. The Taku River is fed by a number of rivers and their tributary streams from mountains ranging up to 2500

Posted on September 15, 2012

by Laurie Gourlay 

The great and hidden treasure that is the Nanaimo River and estuary, along with coastal waters wrapping around Gabriola Island, should be the northern boundary for the new Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) Reserve. 

Posted on June 21, 2012

A debate is raging on the BC coast about the future of Bute Inlet. It’s about private power versus public power. It’s about the potential NAFTA threat of foreign involvement on our rivers. It is about responses to climate change.

Environmentalists are alarmed at the impact of industrial developments on remote coastal rivers, inlets, and mountains previously the terrain of First

Posted on April 27, 2011

by Arthur Caldicott

The bottled water industry enjoyed impressive growth until 2007, the result of relentless advertising, ubiquitous availability, and a propaganda assault on public water systems. 2.36 billion litres of water were sold in Canada in 2006, worth an estimated $708 million. In the US in 2007, 33.3 billion litres were sold for $11.5 billion.

In 2008, growth turned negative. Recession squeezed shoppers' wallets, and bottled water fell off their shopping lists. It wasn't just recession, though. People weren't buying the lie about unsafe tap water. And mountains of bottles in blue boxes and landfills were

Posted on September 07, 2010

by Stephanie Orford

Should Delta sacrifice a keystone ecological region for a chance at economic growth? Many Delta citizens

Posted on August 19, 2009

After several years of dedication and hard work, an abondoned copper mine from the late 1960s on Vancouver Island was eventually covered in 2009.

by Jack Minard

On April 28th, 2009 as I sat in a Tsolum River Partnership meeting at the Ministry of Environment

Posted on January 28, 2009

by Arthur Caldicott

Since 2000, BC Hydro has received dozens of small hydroelec­tric generation proposals. Fourteen are now producing elec­tricity. BC Hydro has signed Electricity Purchase Agreements (EPAs) with about sixty of them, totaling nearly 1500 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, about an eighth of all provincial gen­eration. And there are many more proposals to come.

The largest small hydro plant in service so far is Rutherford Creek, just south of Pemberton, capable of generating 50 MW. The largest project is Plutonic's East Toba River and Montrose Creek Hy­droelectric Project, consisting of two interconnected hydro plants totalling 196 MW.